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Review: Dark Heart of the Sun by S.K. Ryder

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

It’s almost Halloween and I’ve got vampires on my brain! One of my favorite tropes is paranormal romance and this got me in the mood for the spooky season. Dark Heart of the Sun by S.K. Ryder did not disappoint! My review continues below.


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Dark Heart of the Sun

Review: Dark Heart of the Sun by S.K. Ryder
by S.K. Ryder
Series: Dark Destinies #1
Also in this series: Dark Lord of the Night, Dark Child of Forever, Dark Awakening
Published by Soul Mate Publishing
on August 10th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 349
Format: e-book
Purchase: Amazon |Amazon UK |Amazon CA
Rating: 4 Stars



She is determined to live life on her own terms. Destiny has other plans.

Rookie journalist Cassidy Chandler wakes to an ugly bruise on her neck, a hole in her memory, and a fiancé who seems to know more about what happened than he's telling. It's enough to make Cassidy call off the engagement and move out, even if that means trading a posh South Florida mansion for a dilapidated beach house. Unfortunately, she also trades one devious man for another questionable character in her unexpected new roommate: the darkly enigmatic and exasperatingly French Dominic Marchant.

For Dominic Marchant secrecy is a matter of survival. As a newborn vampire with dangerous enemies, he's sure the headstrong young woman invading his lair with an unknown vampire's mark on her throat is about to get him killed. But the charming Cassidy resists his every effort to make her leave and even embroils him in her own tumultuous life. Before he knows it, she has stolen his heart and helps him rediscover his lost humanity. Now he's fighting to protect her not only from the ancient vampires hunting him, but also from his own deadly desire for her.

But her secretive ex isn’t done with her yet, and neither is the dark prophecy Cassidy and Dominic’s unlikely relationship has set in motion. Together they are swept up in a battle where nothing is as it seems, love and deception are the weapons of choice, and the only way to survive is to risk everything—for each other.

Romance smart and funny Thriller Vampire


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When it comes to vampire romances I tend to lean towards the ones that are not fluffy and sweet. I love a gritty story when it comes to the supernatural and Dark Heart of the Sun pushed all the right buttons.


Suicidal feelings make Dominic an interesting vampire character. He is a youngling, meaning that he was recently turned and is unable to cope with the circumstances. His sire didn’t train him and he can’t “control the beast”.  Really, he’s more like a vigilante vampire in my opinion. He does kill people but he chooses who to target. He seems to have a taste for ruthless drug dealers…

In comes his savior…

Cassidy is a no nonsense kinda gal. She moves out of her boyfriend’s mansion and makes her self home in Dominic’s lair. A rental, run down beach property becomes the focal point of the story.  The romance is slow in coming and I mean SLOW! Lots of resistance on Dominic’s end and who can blame him? He is very attracted to Cassidy and is afraid that his passion will kill her. They do make a cute couple and reading their exchanges really was fun. However, she is a journalist and must get the latest scoop on a string of murders appearing everywhere. That’s when their worlds collide and the action parts were fast paced and gritty.

Insert the kooky…

Gosh, what more can I say about a wacko but yet endearing vampire? A senior called Serge is part of the key to Dominic’s salvation and the humor that this character injected really lightened up the story. He was my favorite character.

My least favorite character?

Jackson. Ugh, I just really did not like him. A little bit condescending and a lot annoying. Grow some balls man.


Something is bugging me…

The one thing that I found a little bit hurried was Cassidy’s acceptance of the whole vampire situation. It was too easy and I’m glad she didn’t freak the heck out, but I was just hoping for more…emotion. Not everyday you discover a paranormal world not known to regular humans.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this story and S.K. Ryder is a new-to-me author. Very enjoyable dialogue and writing style, even though at times it was slow. Will definitely pick up another one of her books. Looking forward to what the rest of this series has in store.



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About S.K. Ryder

S.K. Ryder is a software developer by day, a scribe by night and answers to Susan any time.  She writes the type of stories she loves to read: heart-pounding adventures full of supernatural mysteries and relationships between strong, compelling characters. Though she calls South Florida home, she has also lived in Germany and Canada and has traveled widely, usually in the hot pursuit of wild and scenic nature. When not debugging code, complicating her characters’ lives or plotting her next rafting adventure down the Grand Canyon, she can be found beach combing, scuba diving, sailing or just hanging out with a good book. When push comes to shove, she can also bake a halfway decent cake and stand on her head, though not at the same time.

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YAY VAMPIRES! I’ve been not really into paranormal romance lately (more into urban w/ just a romance subplot), but I like the sound of Dominic’s character… and the grittiness… and the funny character… and the slow burn… you have me thinking it might be worth the risk! I’ll put it on my TBR 🙂

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